Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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A traditional bread to serve on St. Patrick's Day, good enough for any day. Recipe from
Serves: 4 small loaves
  • 4 cups flour, all-purpose, plus a little extra for dried cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1¾ cups cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Using a mixer, cut in cold butter
  2. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg and orange zest, beat lightly with a fork. {Note: to make buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon vinegar to measuring cup and fill to amount needed with milk, let set a couple minutes} Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.
  3. Place dried cranberries in a bowl and add about 1 tablespoon flour, coat cranberries {this will help them from settling on the bottom}
  4. Fold cranberries into mixture
  5. On a heavily floured surface, knead dough. Work with about half of the dough, it's easier that way. You want to add enough flour so it's not sticky, but not too much flour
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into balls, and place on greased cookie sheet. Using a sharp knife, make a cross in the top of the bread. Bake for about 35 minutes depending on the size of your loaf.
Recipe by Pocket Change Gourmet at